A Winter Jaunt around Europe Day 2: A day in Murten, Switzerland


Day 2: 367 km – 4h10

Switzerland is a magical place to visit just before Christmas. The fairy lights, snowcapped mountains and chocolate box villages really set those Christmas nerve endings tingling! But Switzerland is not for the budget traveller, so we are lucky to have friends there to stay with and keep our costs down. Five years since we last stopped by in mid summer, we made it back to see our great friends Carola and Tim in their new home in Courgevaux (or not so new to them now!). A whistlestop visit – we only had 24 hours, but we managed a trip out to blow off some steam after a day and a half in the car.


What we loved

Two boys, three including the gorgeous Max, means climbing and exploring is always a good call and in Murten this is more fun than in most places. The great medieval ramparts surround the whole town and mean climbing, running and adventures of knights and kings are a plenty! The views from the ramparts across the town or out across the lake are most definitely worthwhile, even on a misty day the eerie sense of calm across the lake adds to the medieval feel.


You can watch the inner workings of the town clock, fascinating for inquisitive engineering minds.


We also discovered a cello maker down one of the side streets and watched him in his workshop.


After which we headed to the town museum. We didn’t quite make it inside, but we did manage a battle with the canon.


Once you’ve climbed the ramparts, walked the town, found out about the clock and watched instruments being made, climbed the canon and looked out over the lake, you can head to the MarktHalle, the beautifully restored old market hall where you can have a coffee or something to eat, and that now sells seasonal produce, local speciality cheeses and wines and even has its own swiss chocolate chocolatier.

IMG_1229Or do as we did, go home and indulge in traditional swiss cheese fondue, washed down with wine, coffee and topped off with the regional Gateau du Vully.

What we didn’t get to do

Murten lake has plenty of cycling, rollerblading and walking paths, as well as offering lots of water sport activities. We didn’t get chance to try them for ourselves this time, but it does mean we have an excuse to go back again!!

Day 2 budget

Petrol: €50

Tolls: €2.20

Swiss Vignette: €40

Total : €92.20

As we stayed with Carola and Tim our accommodation and meals were generously donated by them (we must have already looked poor and hungry!) all I can say is thank you C&T for your generous hospitality.




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